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Ceres Benefit Concert with Jazz Singer Kellye Gray
July 15, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
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Join us for our favorite event of the year: the Ceres benefit concert. All proceeds benefit the wonderful Ceres Community Project.
The Ceres Community Project works to restore locally-grown, organic whole food to its place as the foundation of health for people, communities and the planet through an integrated model that provides those facing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses with nourishing meals, gives teens experiences of growing and preparing healthy food, and educates the larger community about the connection between food, healing and wellness.
Performing for the evening is the lovely Kellye Gray. With her renowned, brilliant use of voice as instrument, Kellye has entertained dignitaries and heads-of-state, and shared stages with an impressive constellation of international jazz, blues and R&B stars in a career spanning twenty years. The San Francisco Examiner called her “a musically most imaginative tour de force.” Described as “stunning scat singing, instrumental simulations and dark-toned balladry” by the Los Angeles Times, Gray creatively uses her voice as part of the ensemble. JazzTimes magazine calls her ” an impressive, indeed frighteningly vast talent.”
Mostly self-taught, Gray has developed her own approach to singing jazz. Her performances highlight her strong sense of balladry with both vocal and lyrical interpretation, along with her funky sense of rhythm. Never limiting herself creatively, Gray blends scat, ballads, Latin, funk, soul, blues, solo and free styles into her shows.
6:00-7:00pm Appetizers and Wine
8:15-9:00pm Dessert and Cedar Enzyme Footbaths
“A musically most imaginative tour de force”
– San Francisco Examiner
“Gray…at her raw, uninhibited, deconstructionist best”
“Clearly demonstrating that jazz singing can stretch the envelope of creativity without sacrificing a direct connection with an audience”
– The Los Angeles Times
“Simply one of the most exciting jazz singers”
– USA Today
“Kellye Gray emereges with moxy and sophistication”
– CMJ New Music Report
“A jazz singer with the ability to connect with a generation raised on rock”
– Sunday Star Ledger
“Gray has a sort of Sarah Vaughn sits-around-with-Sade-at-Ella Fitgerald’s-house-voice that has tremendous stength and range”
– The Houston Press
“Gray milked it for everything it’s got and yet another drop slid down her throat”
– LA Jazz Scene
“Kellye Gray is one of the finest singers I’ve ever heard on record or in person. She can blast away or quietly capture your heart”